Our Church School

Children’s exemplary behaviour and positive attitudes to learning are closely linked to their understanding of the Christian values of endurance, friendship, compassion and kindness. SIAMS 2018

Our Christian vision created by pupils, staff and parents:

We want our children to:

Show endurance and friendship.

Be compassionate and kind

October 2021

Black History Month

This month we are celebrating Black History month and are making links to our Christian Values. In assemblies we been learning about Rosa Parks, Mary Seacole, Nelson Mandella, Harriet Tubman, Pablo Fanque, Dr Martin Luther King and Florence Price and their lives and achievements.


Harvest Assembly with The Foodbank

We were visited by Stuart Christian and Timmy the Tuna. They told us all about the Christian meaning behind the harvest festival and the important work that the Foodbank do today to support families in times of need. We had made a community collection of food items as a donation to support their amazing work.

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We had a whole school assembly with Imran from Muslim learner services to learn about the five pillars of Islam. He then worked with Class 3 to explore Islamic artefacts, looking specifically at some of the similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity. They also explored how the artefacts link to the five pillars, including through stories.

They then learned about the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj). Imran explained how Muslims perform the Hajj and the differences between specific Islamic celebrations for adults and children.


Making Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday

This morning we created palm crosses using palm leaves. We carefully followed instructions and helped each other to create a cross each. We will use these as part of our Easter collective worship in school this year and then we will keep them to burn next year on Ash Wednesday.



Each class took part in a Christingle service in their classrooms.


Ash Wednesday

This morning, we took our Collective Worship outside to explore Ash Wednesday and the meaning behind this day. We knew that Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and learnt that this day gets its name from burning palm crosses from the previous year and placing the ashes on your forehead whilst saying "memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris" ("remember, man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return").


Shrove Tuesday

Classes 1 and 2 had a wonderful afternoon learning about Shrove Tuesday. We learnt that Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday when everyone feasts (usually on pancakes) before Lent begins. We started the afternoon with listening to a story, which was set in a Kenyan village: 'Mama Panya's Pancakes'. This led us on to researching life in Kenya, which made us think about our 'Count Your Blessings' display. We also all took part in a colouring competition linked to 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' - we are looking forward to finding out who won this!

Most excitingly, we made pancakes by following a set of instructions. It was great fun and we really enjoyed eating them!


Count Our Blessings

Many hands make light work class 3- well done! This beautiful display is part of our assembly focus, we will be adding to it as we ‘count our blessings’ for all the beautiful things in our world that God has created. We will also be thinking throughout Lent about the lives of others and how the climate crisis is affecting people in countries such as Kenya.

If you have any further queries, you can contact our school administrator, Mrs Yvonne Hey, in a number of ways.

Our postal address:Waberthwaite CE SchoolWaberthwaiteMillomCumbriaLA19 5YJ Telephone:01229717664 Email:admin@waberthwaite.cumbria.sch.uk

Please direct any queries relating to Special Educational Needs to: Mrs Sandra Cummings (Head Teacher)